Yu Kurita has been a very quite presence in the tournament room today, but she finally showed some emotion as we approach the bagging process. She attempted to take out another player with her against that player's pocket tens. Kurita kneeled on her chair and leaned forward across the felt as the board came out. The flop was no help, nor was the . But on the river, Kurita hit a glorious jack to drag the $70,000 haul form the ship back to town.
Play has really opened up here as we approach the end of the day, eschewing the "tighten up to make it to the next day" line of play that is the norm in such situations. On Table 2 we had one player eliminated holding pocket tens against ace-king, with the board running out .
One table over Stefan Hjorthall tanked for three minutes after opening preflop to 3,000 and having the big blind re-raise all in for 23,000. Hjorthall evenutally called all in for about 15,000, promping the big blind to slam the table in frustraton. He seemed reluctant to show his cards but show them he did, turning up . That was racing against Hjorthall's . The board ran out to end Hjorthall's day.
"You move all in with that?" he muttered. "Good luck in the tournamet." Another player, perhaps thinking that Hjorthal's opponent's sarcasm detector wasn't working, translated. "He doesn't really mean that," he said.
It's easy to see where the mistake came from. Two players were all in, one with and one with . Neither player improved on a board of , and the pot was awarded to the player with ace-jack. The only problem is that it should have been a split pot. The player with (who would have been eliminated on the hand) finally realized the error after the hands and board cards had all been mucked and the shuffle had been completed for the next hand.
A floor was summoned to the table, who listened to the action and ruled that the pot should have been chopped. The winning player was required to disgorge half of his winnings from that pot after the dealer was able to reconstruct the action.
Dealer errors are unavoidable in poker, especially when the dealers have been working as hard as they have here in Cebu and for as long hours as they have been in Cebu. In the end there were no hard feelings. The pot was properly split as it should heen ad play continued.
There were about 16 ladies who entered Day 1B at PokerStars.net APPT Cebu and there are still 13 left in with 1 level to go. Some of them include Celina Lin, Carla Castelo and Anna Cu Unjieng. Leading the ladies with approximately 43,000 in chips is Yu Kurita.
Preflop, Tommy Le made it 1,700 to go from the button and Phillip Willcocks three-bet out of the small blind. Action was then on Ney Gonçalves who made it 9,500 from the big blind. Le got out of the way and Willcocks made the call to take the flop.
On the flop all of Gonçalves' chips went in, with him holding against Willcocks' .
The on the turn failed to improve Gonçalves, and the river added insult to injury, by making Willcocks quads.